Coffee in Winter

Coffee in Winter

Contributing Writer Vicki McGraw Greetings, friends! I hope everyone was able to enjoy the recent Thanksgiving holiday! We enjoyed our usual feast, however there were just a few of us this year, as my older son spent the holiday with his girlfriend’s family and my younger son volunteered to work all day. It was much […]

Thanksgiving Prep

Thanksgiving Prep

Contributing Writer Vicki McGraw Good Grief!! Thanksgiving is next week! Are you ready? Anxious? Worried? Over-whelmed? Or maybe a little bit of everything is running through your head these days. I know my mind starts spinning when I think of the fast approach of the holiday season. There are so many things to do, places […]

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

Contributing Writer Vicki McGraw Well, I have turned the calendar page yet again…were does the time go? The crunch of October leaves is behind me and I have begun to anticipate the wonderful comforting aroma of Thanksgiving foods! I love being able to turn the oven on, rather than turning the furnace up, so today, […]

Pumpkin Season

Pumpkin Season

Contributing Writer Vicki McGraw Well friends. In case you haven’t noticed it, we are in the midst of a new month (October, of course), and a brand new season…it isn’t just fall, any more…it is officially “Pumpkin Spice Season”. Everywhere you look, and everything you look at seems to have been seasoned pumpkin spice! Coffee, […]

Apples, Apples

Apples, Apples

Contributing Writer Vicki McGraw It’s apple time! As I’m sure many of you did, I visited the annual Busti Apple Festival last weekend where one of the first sights you see upon entering are the big bins of crisp, juicy, red, green and yellow apples. Macintosh, Gala, Cortland, Pippins and more…the many varieties abound with […]

Summer Ice Cream

Summer Ice Cream

Contributing Writer Vicki McGraw Hello, friends! I hope you have been making the most of the glorious warm weather we have had this summer! I know the last week or two have been on the wet side, but we did need the rain. I am enjoying every minute of the warmth. No air conditioning needed […]

Kids Cooking

Kids Cooking

Contributing Writer Vicki McGraw Well friends, since we last met I have been very busy! In addition to all of our usual summer catering, my last two weeks have been spent at JCC teaching first “Be the Next Cake Boss” and “Advanced Cake Boss” during this year’s annual Kid’s College (ages 8-12) and “Chopped” for […]

Kids College

Kids College

Contributing Writer Vicki McGraw Well friends, this week and next will probably be my busiest weeks of the summer!! I will be enjoying my annual time as a teacher at JCC’s summer “Kid’s College”, followed by a week of “Tweens to Teens”. As always, I enjoy the experience with a terrific bunch of kids and […]

Summer Salads

Summer Salads

Contributing Writer Vicki McGraw Well, one of the biggest vacation and picnic weeks of the year is here…let the Fourth of July celebrations commence! The first week in July is traditionally set aside to remember the birth of our great nation, but it has become a week for many folks to enjoy all of the […]

Summer Vacation Kebabs

Summer Vacation Kebabs

Contributing Writer Vicki McGraw Well, it’s here…summer vacation is about to arrive in Western New York! While some of our close southern neighbors started a couple of weeks ago, Jamestown and its surrounding areas will be graduating another fine crop of young adults this week and school will be out for the summer. We all […]